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Thick Hair Vs. Thin Hair - Which Do You Really Have?

Thick Hair Vs. Thin Hair - Which Do You Really Have?

Determining your hair type is the best way to know what hair products to buy. There are so many different hair types and it can be confusing when you are trying to pick out a product that is right for you.

There are a few simple steps you can take to figure out your hair type, and this guide should also help you to understand the difference between hair thickness, diameter and density.

Hair Thickness or Hair Density?

What most people think of when they hear “thick hair” is how much hair you have. This is actually the density of your hair, which is how many strands of hair you have. Thick hair refers to the thickness of each individual strand of hair. 

  • To determine hair density, simply part your hair and see how easily you can see your scalp. The more hairs you have, the less likely you are to see any visible scalp. 
  • To determine how thick your hair is, you can do a strand test by plucking a hair and comparing it with a piece of sewing thread. It is easier to see its thickness when compared with thread. You can also tell how thick it is without plucking it, based on how it feels. If you can feel the strand in your fingertips then you probably have thick hair, as a thin strand of hair almost feels like nothing.

Some people may have a large amount of fine hair, whereas others may have coarse hair but it is thinning in areas. Understanding these differences will help you to better understand the needs of your hair. People with both thick and dense hair can achieve the appearance of floatier, softer hair by adding feathering and layers to the hair. People with finer hair may benefit from a blunt cut and using volumizing products to add more body and volume to the hair.

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Keep Control with Hairshark

The Hairshark hairbrush is a great styling tool to add volume to hair, without damaging the hair. With natural bristles and high gloss polymers, this two-sided brush is designed to be gentle on the scalp and hair whilst offering so much versatility. It’s a fantastic way to achieve the appearance of thicker, fuller hair if that is the style you prefer. You can also try home solutions to encourage hair growth and get thicker and denser hair.

Elasticity

You can judge the strength and elasticity of your hair gently pulling on the end of a hair strand. If you can stretch it out, then it has high elasticity. If you stretch it a little and it snaps then medium, and if the hair snaps immediately as you try to stretch it then it has low elasticity. Determining how much your hair can stretch and then return to its original state will give you an indication of how strong your hair is. If your hair is snapping and breaking off too easily, this might be because it's dry and damaged.

You can purchase products that will help restore and strengthen your hair, plus hair masks and oils to nourish and condition the hair. You also need to be sure that you are using heat protection sprays if you are using heat to style your hair.

Texture/Curl

It may be easy to observe the texture and curl of your hair just by appearance, but being aware of the texture of your hair will also help when shopping for products. 

  • Generally, curlier hair tends to be drier and products like mousse and lightweight oils can help to bring curls out. 
  • Drier hair also tends to be frizzier, so keeping hair well moisturised will help when tackling frizz. 

It can be tempting to use heat and hairspray when dealing with frizz but be careful to not damage the hair. Your hair is less likely to be frizzy if you avoid damaging it with heat-styling tools and instead focus on repairing and moisturising the hair. There are also natural remedies you could try out, too.

Oiliness and Dry Scalp

Other things that you can observe about your hair is how oily your hair gets and the condition of your scalp. Oily and greasy hair can cause you to wash your hair more frequently, but it is actually better to do the opposite. Often, oily and greasy hair is a result of your hair over-producing oils to compensate for the natural oils that are stripped away when your hair is washed. You should try to wash your hair less often and make sure you use a gentle shampoo with plenty of nourishing ingredients. Never skip out on conditioner either, as this will add important moisture to the lengths of your hair, but don’t rub it into the scalp. 

If your hair is too greasy between washes, use some dry shampoo to absorb the excess oil. Your hair will adjust to less washing once you give it a chance to start actually absorbing all the natural oils it is producing. If your scalp is dry and flaky, it will also benefit from less washing, as this could have dried the skin out. Showering when the water is too hot can also dry out your skin, so adjust your water’s temperature. 

Simple tricks like rubbing coconut oil into your scalp before showering can help soothe the scalp, and you should also pay careful attention to the ingredients of your hair products. Many anti-dandruff shampoos can actually be too harsh, and some people have skin sensitivities and allergies to certain ingredients such as Methylisothiazolinone (MIT). This preservative is used in many mainstream shampoos but is actually an allergen that can irritate the scalp, so try looking for products that don’t contain it. 

Ingredients to Avoid

If you are still having trouble, you may also need to avoid other ingredients like eugenol, limonene, and linalool, which some people can be allergic to. If you are having big issues, consult your doctor or dermatologist for professional help and skin testing.

There are lots to consider when shopping for hair products; even shampoo and conditioner require a bit of thought. Once you have a better understanding of your hair and what it needs, shopping should start to become much easier. It is important to pay close attention to your hair and skin as you want them to be in their best condition for years to come, so give them the best chance that you can.

Stop Frizz in its Tracks - How to Give Your Hair the Moisture it Needs

Stop Frizz in its Tracks - How to Give Your Hair the Moisture it Needs

You know the drill. You’ve spent ages in the salon having your hair blow-dried to perfection, only to step outside and be engulfed in a halo of frizz. Unfortunately, it’s a situation that lots of us can identify with. The good news is that there is a way to stop frizz in its tracks.

Read on to discover our top tips for perfect, frizz-free locks...

What is Frizzy Hair?

To help you achieve that soft, shiny and frizz-free hair you’ve always wanted, it can really help to know a bit about the science of what causes frizzy hair. The main culprit for causing your hair to get that unwanted lion-mane look is a lack of moisture in your hair. This is why damp or humid weather can wreak such havoc with your painstakingly crafted, frizz-free styles. Your dry hair will want to absorb all the moisture in the air around you, causing your smooth strands to be transformed into unruly frizz.

Dry hair itself can be caused by a couple of reasons, too. It might be that your scalp is lacking sufficient natural oils that smooth and condition your hair, or it could be that the structure of your hair itself is allowing the moisture to escape through the cuticle. Each strand of hair is made up of three parts. The medulla is at the centre which gives your hair its structure; next is the cortex which creates the shape, curl and elasticity; and finally, the cuticle forms the outer, protective layer of your hair.

The cuticle is made up of overlapping scales which normally fit closely together to create a glossy, shiny strand and trapping moisture inside. When the cuticle is rough or loosened, your hair will lose its natural oils and moisture and will look fly-way, dull and frizzy as well as being much more prone to damage.

 

How to Smooth Frizzy Hair

If you’re lucky enough to have naturally curly or wavy hair, chances are your tresses have suffered from frizz at some point. This is because naturally curly and wavy hair tends to have rough cuticles, making your hair dry and causing it to frizz at the first sign of moisture - who remembers that episode of Friends?

But not to worry, there are loads of tips and tricks you can use to help you tame the frizz and enjoy beautiful, smooth hair no matter what the weather is.

Our Top Tips to Stop Frizz in its Tracks 

  • Condition, condition, condition!

Adding moisture to your hair at every opportunity is your secret weapon when it comes to fighting the frizz. Using plenty of conditioner on your hair will help the cuticles stay smooth and in place, resulting in less moisture loss and visibly reduced frizz.

We’d recommend using a deep conditioning treatment on your hair at least every couple of weeks. This will help the conditioners penetrate much deeper into your hair shaft than your day-to-day treatment. Coconut oil is also a great weapon to have in your frizz-fighting arsenal. Use it as a deep conditioning mask or work a pea-sized amount through your hair to smooth frizz whilst you’re out and about. 

  • Go easy with the shampoo

If your hair is constantly dry, the best thing you can do for it is to lay off the shampoo for a bit. Daily shampooing is not recommended (especially if your shampoo contains harmful ingredients) and even washing your hair more than a couple of times a week can be counterproductive when it comes to taming your frizz.

Whilst you might not want to just wash your hair once a month (although we promise you’d see the benefit), skipping the shampoo and just using conditioner twice a week will see you reaping the benefits in no time.

 

  • Check the label

We’re all becoming much more aware of what chemicals we put into (and on to) our bodies, so being more aware of the ingredients our hair products contain is quite normal these days. The more natural your hair products are the better, but just being aware of the most harmful ingredients which are commonly found in your hair products will help you make more informed choices.

Opting for sulphate-free shampoo is a great place to start and will help your hair maintain its natural oils. As well as checking the label for things to avoid, there are certain things that you want your shampoo and conditioner to contain. When it comes to frizz-fighting moisture, glycerin is an important factor.

A moisturising powerhouse – look for products that have glycerin listed close to the top of the ingredient list - the higher up the list it is, the more glycerin the product will contain. As well as shopping for natural hair products, there are loads of home remedies you can try for boosting your hair’s moisture levels.

  • Lay off the booze

No, we don’t mean you need to ditch your glass of wine! But making sure that you’re not adding alcohol to your hair is a must. An ingredient which is common in all hair products, especially hairspray, alcohol is incredibly drying and will continue to make your hair more prone to frizz by causing the cuticle to swell. Where you can, switch to natural products and use things like coconut oil and nourishing hair oils to tame your hair on the go.

For those situations when only hairspray will do, try the tried-and-tested celebrity trick of applying it with a small brush or mascara wand. Perfect for those few flyaway strands, simply spray your brush with hairspray and use it to target small areas of frizz. Alcohol-free hairspray is available, but this method will ensure you’re only using minimal amounts if you don’t have any to hand.

  • Less heat is more

If your hair is prone to frizz it can be really tempting to stick to a regime of smoothing it down with heated styling tools. Whilst this can help you create some great looks; all that heating and high temperatures will ultimately cause your hair to lose its moisture and make your hair even more frizz-prone.

If you must use heated tools to style your hair, things you can do to help is to use thermal protective formulas before using your straighteners or dryer. Dialling down the heat is another good option, as well as choosing ionic tools which are gentler on your hair and using a diffuser with your dryer.

Taking a break from the heat is even better. Try experimenting with fashionable styles like knots, braids, and ballet-style buns which don’t require heated styling tools and will look just as fabulous.

 

  • Be gentle

It might sound simple but being gentle with your dry hair will go a long way to improving its condition and lessening your frizz. Think about things like using wide-tooth combs and boar bristle brushes which will cause less damage to your hair as well as helping to distribute your natural oils.

You’ll also want to avoid rough towels when drying your hair and even consider sleeping on a silk pillow to help avoid unnecessary frizz.

We hope these tips will help you achieve the beautiful, frizz-free locks you’ve been dreaming of!